Monday, January 05, 2009

New Year, New Beginning

2009. A fresh start. And it feels soooo good. I was able to use the rest of the holiday to finish running errands and get everything in order. By the time Monday rolled around, I felt ready to get back to my old routine. In addition, I've been whipping my ass into shape! I gained 5 unwanted lbs in the off-season (too much pumpkin pie); it's time to lose the fat and put on some muscle!

2009 New Year's Resolutions:
1. Don't overdo it.
(There's only so much I can do in one day. Pace myself more and do less each day. Make time to relax each day!)
2. Eat more healthfully.
a. Less sweets and chocolate.
(specifically, 10-day sweet and chocolate "cleanse" (euphemism for *#&!#*^@#!!!! I can't have chocolate). Afterwards, small 200-calorie portion of dessert of my choice every other day.
b. Cook at home more (4-5x/week).
c. Brown bag lunch more (3x/wk).
3. Be more financially savvy.
a. Keep better track of spending and apply it to budget.
b. Use credit card as little as possible, if at all.
c. See 2b and 2c.
4. Wake up earlier.
(I've fallen off the wagon on this. Go to bed 9:30-10 so I can wake up b/tw 5-6:30).
5. Don't sweat the small stuff.
(Life's too short. It's just not worth it).

So far, I've been doing AWESOME on my resolutions. Whoo-hoo!

And I also have a wish for 2009:
2008 was sooo hectic for me. Too much happened. My wish for 2009 is for time to slow down and less things to happen so I have time to look around and smell the roses.

Recent Workout Summary:
1/1 New Year's Day--rode 40 mile Great Western Loop in Jamul. HILLY! Kicked my ass
1/2 Friday--Track workout--did mile repeats as hard as I could. Garmin GPS is a handy tool. 7:42 is a hard effort. I can do 7:20 for 1/2 mile--goal is to do this for 1 mile.
1/3 Saturday--Woke up to ride with TCSD up the coast. It was raining and the roads were wet. Plus, it was overcast and cold (like 50 degrees! Brrr!). I decided there was no reason to ride in the rain in San Diego and opted for the trainer instead. Did 80 min of Spinerval "Timetrialpolooza" DVD and it totally KICKED MY ASS!!!
1/4 Sunday--Joined my running group for a HARD trail run in Rancho Santa Fe. Was sooo beautiful. Did 10 miles but felt like 12.
1/5 Monday--Got back in the pool for 7:30 UCSD Masters swim. Was hard. I'd taken so much time off, I was embarrassed to go. Like they would send me laughing out of the pool. So I didn't go for a few more weeks. Finally got my guts up and braved the waters today. Ugh. Was soooo hard!!! First time back always sucks. Am SO glad I did it! Since when is 2000 yds a long way?

I love working out! I love that sore feeling in my body. Yippee!

Finally, my mom has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Again. The lump is very small and her prognosis is very good. Kind of a stressful Christmas for all of us. Her mastectomy is this Wednesday. I just hope the surgery goes well, they get clean margins, and it hasn't spread to the lymph nodes.

I will leave you with a quote that I really liked from the most recent edition of Runner's World (Marc Parent--"The Newbie Chronicles"):

The road is long, and there are many stories to tell.


Steph said...

Your 2009 resolutions look the same as mine - though I didn't have the guts to publish mine!!

I'm sorry to hear about your mom's cancer, but hope all goes well.

Happy New Year and I hope you have a great one. I look forward to reading about your inspiring runs and rides!

The Tuttle-Mulligan Family said...


Are you using the Garmin 405? Have you swum with it? Did you check out Polar's GPS enabled watches?


Leah said...

Thinking good thoughts for your mom.

Your resolutions sound like smart ones!

teacherwoman said...

Your Resolutions look wonderful! And your workouts thus far in 2009 are wonderful! You sure started the year off with a bang!

Sara said...

Love the resolutions! I really agree with a nice relaxing year for you Rachel - last year was hectic!!

I'm sorry to hear about your mom, I'll definitely send good vibes over.

Glad the workouts are awesome!

Wes said...

I hope you have a fantastic 2009, Rachel!!

Michael said...

I am with you on the nutrition piece. That is something I definitely plan to improve upon in 2009. I am also wondering which Garmin GPS you use and what you think of it. I currently use the Polar S625X and it's about 3 years old.

Dan said...

All the best hopes and wishes for your mom. Number 5 rings so true when we're reminded of that kind of big stuff. Have a great 09.

Fizzgig said...

let us know how your mom does! Sending you positive vibes!

Diana said...

Cancer other way of saying it. Best of luck to your Mom! What a great week of workouts, I miss being outside, I miss being warm, I miss the sun, I miss wearing shorts, I miss wearing tanks, I miss....ok, you get the idea. I was once a winter fan, this year, not so much. It's hard for me to be locked up this year. 2009 looks fantastic, can't wait to hear more.